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Southampton suffer Alderweireld blow amid Atletico admission

Image: Tony Alderweireld: Defender unlikely to stay at Southampton

Southampton's hopes of signing Toby Alderweireld on a permanent basis have been dealt a blow after Atletico Madrid suggested the Belgium defender will be a key player for the Spanish club next season.

Alderweireld joined Atletico from Ajax in the summer of 2013 but played a peripheral role last term as Diego Simeone's team won the La Liga title.

He subsequently joined Southampton on a season-long loan and has been a key figure under Ronald Koeman at St Mary's.

His performances have led to speculation that Southampton will look to sign him on a full-time basis, but Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Caminero insists the 26-year-old is part of Simeone's plans for 2015-16.

“Our coaches follow a detailed monitoring of all the players that are loaned to other teams," said Caminero. "We are very pleased with their performance and growth in general.

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"Oliver (Torres) and Alderweireld, for example, are finishing a very good season with Porto and Southampton and we are counting on them for the next campaign.”

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